Sunday, December 6, 2009

How to be extra generous this Christmas

Many of the homeless rely on soup kitchens, shelters, and other charities to live from day to day. The holidays are no exception. The holidays are a tough time for the homeless, especially those with children. Even more people seem to need an extra hand at the holidays. Unfortunately, many people lose their jobs at this time of year, adding to the homeless population.

Shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens need a lot of assistance to keep helping people. Donations are one way to help the homeless. Donations of food, clean clothing, new toiletries and funds can help a great deal. Most charities can give you a list of the types of donations they are in need of.

Let your children pick out some canned goods or other non-perishable food items that you can take to a local shelter or food bank. Explain to them how charity has good effects on the people that will receive the food. That maybe the recipients just lost their home for one reason or another and have no food. By your giving these food items to the food bank, this family will have food to eat this week.

This is a special and generous way to spend part of your Christmas.

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